“sales of pirate CDs moving to indoors such as retail outlets including music shops (close to the official CD pricing) to convenience, liquor and many other corner shops.” i have always wondered about those “best off” tapes and cds offered at the convenience stores on the side of the interstate, they always seemed like cheap quality to me. i wonder if the RIAA just needs to take more road trips rather than planes to find these “illegal havens for music purchasing” “the main thing that has chanced in recent piracy is how sophisticated CD-R piracy is becoming with Jewel cases containing authentic looking inserts as well as the discs themselves being printed to look like the real thing.” like rla said “I’m starting to wonder if the RIAA has been asleep for the past 25 years.” as i was in a statewide enternment board meeting last summer where they said this was the “new thing” that pirates were doing, adding the “liner notes” into the pirated copies. im wondering if they ever bothered to tell the RIAA that or they just assumed that since they know it that the RIAA would, who would think that organizations with a common goal would COMMUNICATE. but then again, the dates in this RIAA research is when, 2003 compared to 2004. “58% increase in seizures, totalling about 1.2 million” so lets do that math if 1.2mil = 100% for 2004, then previous (guessing 2003) is 42% less making 87,000 couterfeit discs for all of 2003 (and for the sake of arguement, statistically, there are 50 states, and we will say that each state has 2 big cities [remember we are using RIAA statistical method here], that means that in the year 2003, only 8700 cds were illegal copied cds sold on the streets of each big city (2 per state, 50 states); and thats 25 cds a day! [obviously there would have to be seasonal highs and slumps, but on average 25 cds a day] i wonder how many cds were sold (legally mind you) in the US, for the entire year of 2003. “Latin music accounts for around half of the pirated CD seizures.” is it just me or does this have racial profiling written all over it?! i know the cops have gotten in trouble of this, and i guess the RIAA hasnt learned to make such wide sweeping generalizations in race relations. “growing number of these smaller-sized facilities” hasnt the RIAA heard, we are in a recession economy, even the pirates have to reduce their bottom-line to keep profitability.